Tornadoes ravage Michiana cities

Parts of Michiana are absolutely devastated after two tornadoes swept through late last night.

The first tornado hit about 8:15 pm in southeastern Kosciusko county.

But the second one caused the most destruction, ripping through three counties, and pounding Nappanee about 10:30.

It was a high-end EF3 tornado, meaning winds were up to 165 miles an hour.

The strong storms also left damage in other parts of the area, including Marshall and Berrien counties, even without a tornado touching down.

Five people were taken to hospitals with what police said were minor injuries.

200-250 buildings have some type of damage, and 100-150 of those may be beyond repair.

A boil water order is in effect for Nappanee. That means people should boil water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of two minutes.

Testifying to the power of the storm, a woman in Constantine—a town about 35 miles away—found debris from Nappanee in her front yard.

Deborah Rohrer says she was watching Newscenter 16's weather coverage last night when she heard Mike Hoffman say a tornado touched down in Nappanee her husband ran outside into their front yard.

He then showed her a piece of siding attached to a piece of paper with a Napannee address on it.

"I couldn't believe it. I kept telling my husband I don't believe you that's why he came out into the rain and picked it up because I just could not believe that there was something out here from Nappanee," said Rohrer.

The severe weather also caused plenty of damage in Kosciuscko county, where high winds took down power lines and damaged several homes.

The Humane Society of Elkhart County is sending a team of emergency response officers to help with lost animals. All animals rescued from Nappanee will be housed and returned to their owners without fees.

We know a lot of people are asking how they can help the victims of this storm.

The Red cross has set up a shelter for them at the Nappanee Missionary church on State Road 19.

You can donate items there, and that's also where people needing food, water, or bedding can go.

For more information, please call the local Red Cross at 574-293-6519.


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